Accessories

Date Night Outfit Inspiration

Have a hot date this weekend but can’t figure out how to look cute given the chilly temps outside? Problem understood. With that dating quagmire in mind, there lies a solution. The coat is the conversation piece, topping off the perfect cold weather evening ensemble underneath.

What inspires me on a night out is not so called investment pieces: my belted camel coat, or my oversized grey blanket coat, but a sexy fun piece that stands out in a crowd of basic. Did you ever think to wear a bubble gum pink coat? Whether headed out to dinner, an after-work party, (’tis the season folks) or a night out in the casinos, the evening calls for style and glamour. Full-length dresses are elegant, but too restricting and formal, and just too skimpy is inappropriate. Although it may not be exactly Las Vegas to where I would head, picking something that is elegant as well as comfortable is essential. I haven’t visited a casino in a long time, but fashion, like roulette is always a gamble. If I ever want to learn about roulette, I can here, but I do know that personal style takes nothing but practice, practice, practice.

With just ten pieces, here is how you marry the perfect cold-weather evening ensemble that fuses function with fashion, keeping you warm and just the right amount of sexy for a night out on the town.

Happy Friday!

what to wear on a date night

To shop the looks, just click the links below, or hit the pictures and go straight to the website.

DKNY baby-pink shearling coat // Saint Laurent lace-up boots / cashmere socks // Topshop Unique embellished cotton shirt // David Koma edgy pencil skirt // Acne blanket scarf // embellished sweater // CA & Lou arrow bracelet // a shot of pink on the lips and cheeks, I like this all-in-one lipstick that doubles as a blush from Stila, and to top it off, a monogrammed velvet clutch by the boss Saint Laurent 

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Hats Off To You

fedora

‘Tis the season for giving and keeping warm. Fedora hats are on my radar this season, until, of course, its beanie time.

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Photo: Lydia Hudgens

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Lace-Up Boots

The month of November calls for comfort with a capital C.

Running around the city going from point A to point B, in a grid-like city like New York, your feet become your car and the vehicle that transports you around. Unless of course you have an Über account.

Although I will most probably resort to wearing sneakers for December’s gift-buying season, I am now addicted to flat, lace-up black boots. They have become my go-to footwear of choice as good old black remains a big favorite. I have had my eye on these mukluks for city-dwellers by Penelope Chilvers for a while, but now that they are finally available in the US, I no longer have an excuse whether these or not these will be mine.

Wearing flats aren’t the best option for the vertically challenged, but my feet will thank me come December.

Click the pictures below for your daily dose:

black boots

From left to right:

Asos Acting Up suede ankle boots

Saint Laurent buckle lace-up boots

Jil Sander black lace-up boot, get a similar pair here or here

Sam Edelman black combat boots

Giuseppe Zanotti black boots

Penelope Chilvers calf-hair ankle boots

Saint Laurent Patti Lace-ups

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Sale Time

Just a quick reminder that it’s sale time on one of my favorite sites, SHOPBOP. Whether you’ve been holding out on your favorite basics for the upcoming winter season or lusting over a new bag for the past few months, there’s really no better time to pull the trigger than sale time at 25% off site-wide. Personally, I spend most of my time perusing through the site for good basics like striped tees and pajamas.  And let’s be honest, I’m always looking for more stuff and my wish list is never-ending… here are just a few of my favorite picks! Shopbop CHANEL CC bucket bag // AUDEN earrings //  DANNIJO sami ear cuff // ALEJANDRA J sandals // ELIZABETH AND JAMES ring //  T By ALEXANDER WANG // TORY BURCH leather belt bag // DITA VON TEESE sunglasses // PAULA BIANCO wrap scarf // KATE SPADE blue embossed croc watch// SALVATORE FERRAGAMO slip-ons

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Summer Baubles

If there is anything I have learned about summer, is that it is short-lived. It occurred to me yesterday morning when I went to take a walk in my neighborhood, I was experiencing a textbook case of bittersweetness. August signifies heat and humidity, and after the winter we endured, I marveled in the fact that my fingers were ballooning as the humidity expanded their width.

It is already mid-August which means September is right around the corner. And fashion week! Until that circus, I am reveling in the fact that my legs flap around in shorts, my neck is exposed to the sky, and my wrists, legs, ankles, and lobes are just letting loose. In an attempt to keep summer long-lived, I will wear things that scream summer which for me translates to… accessories!

This summer I was introduced to Vanesa Farfan, a unique collection of minimalist and simplistic designs with delicate details that make a statement. Elegant and refined, I love piling on layers of suede, 14K gold, and silk cord bracelets to decorate my limbs and define my style.

Launched in June of 2011, the brand is sold online and in high-end fashion boutiques throughout the country and ranging in price point from $10 to $120, there is something for everyone. Check out her looks below. All are available at Vanesa Farfan.

vanesa farfan

accessories for summer

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

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Going Solo

I just unpacked from my weekend trip oversees, and I am proud to say that I brought nothing but a few slips of lingerie, shorts, a blazera pair of jeans, and my daughter. Before I departed, I vowed to take nothing but what I could fit in my carry-on bag, and when I arrived, I still found that there was no reason to pack anything other than white sneakers and a pair of heels. As far as accoutrements go, I only packed one earring and one necklace to lighten my load.

A single oversized earring? Yes, and the best part was when I had a conversation with somebody, they immediately stared at my ear and asked if I was missing something.

“Yes, I have one earring on and no, I replied, I’m just going solo tonight.”

The statement earring is back, yet again, but this time not in pairs. So if you have a tendency to lose one, you’re in luck! The Fall 2014 runways at Louis Vuitton and Céline embraced the art of only wearing one, a singular, emulating true French je ne sais quoi. These editorial darlings below seen on CR Fashion Book confirmed my desire to try the trend. I’m not convinced it is just a trend, but the good news is, you can always clip one on the other lobe, once you tire of the look. Natch.

leather jacket and earring Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

Leather jacket and earring Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

single earring New York Fashion Hunter

single earring New York Fashion Hunter

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Statement Sunglasses

Summer is nearly upon us, rain, rain go away!, if the upcoming Father’s Day weekend is nothing else a time to celebrate your dad, but also a marker of many mid-June festivities on the imminent horizon. Did you know on average, men buy new underwear once every seven years? I have trouble every year figuring out what to get Dad, I’m not about to go here, so this year I am getting him a pair of these sunglasses and a Nutribullet. Go Dad. Make us proud.

The sun will be shining this weekend, guaranteed by the one and only Weather Channel, wear sunscreen, and unless you are a FBI agent, there’s really no excuse to be sporting a pair of boring sunglasses. I prefer shades that make my peepers pop and give my overall ensemble an effortlessly cool-and-quirky vibe. Those basic styles devoid of novelty, color, or daring shape? No, thank you.

So, here I rounded up some statement-making sunnies that are far from blah. Go for a pop of color, all-white bling, aviators, or vivid, mirrored lenses. And the best part? They are all under $100.00!

Set your sights on these bold specs, and prepare to have all eyes on you.

sunglasses for summer

sunglasses for summer

From left to right: Asos sunnies // Kamali Kulture get a similar pair from The Row

Asos kitten sunglasses // Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Eye

River Island white round sunglasses // Minkpink Candy Land Cat-Eye sunglasses

Mango aviators // Vince Camuto oversized oval sunnies

Check out these sunglasses from Chilli Beans . They are what dreams are made of. Boom. Happy Friday!

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Pearls of Wisdom

In a desperate plea for April showers to bring May flowers, after today’s monsoon, tis’ the season to start playing dress up. May Day is tomorrow!, and along with blooming flowers comes itchy eyes and throats, and a host of springtime festivities. As the fashion kingdom prepares for the annual Met Gala, fashion’s answer to Prom, it’s promise is to attract a lineup of commanding evening dresses on May 5th, which got me thinking. You need to have serious stamina to pull off an oversize frock. Also consider that with May comes Mother’s Day, Graduation ceremonies, weddings, and other merrymaking activities followed soon after by the fast and furious preparations for June i.e: the annual shipping of your children, and their prospective trunks, off to camp.

I’m tired already just thinking about it.

Considering all these events and commitments that are infiltrating your calendar, my suggestion would be to do a cardio workout a few days a week to get your body in tip-top physical form, and stick to your guns when it comes to personal style. If all your fashion options fail, and you can’t pull off the heavy weight gowns, why not try some pearls.

No longer just your grandmother’s gem of choice, pearls are losing their stuffy, old-school reputation and holding their own as the bauble for the cool-girl set this spring. Reimagined in two-tone detailing and larger-than-life shapes, these next-wave jewels are equal parts sophisticated and modern — ready to make their way into your daily accessories rotation. Whether you’re a self-confessed lover of saltwater cultured pearls or a fan of freshwater cultured pearls, elegant pearl jewelry is timeless. If you are in the market for the most fabulous pearls, check out the selection at soon to be live Mesenso who has an elegant selection.

For your shopping desires, I have culled these gorgeous iterations, from evil-eye earrings to multi-stacked rings, all begging for a primo spot in your jewelry box this season. But, don’t fret if your budget’s not suited for the real deal, because there’s a mix of thrifty costume pieces and splurge-y designer items ahead. Grandma’s gonna be so jealous.

pearl jewelry Shop the post here:

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Because It Swings, That’s Why

black fringe bag

Zara clutch, get a similar one here and here // opening ceremony top found here and here // gabriella artigas bracelet 

Photography: Lydia Hudgens

I’ll never forget my first fringe purchase back in the 1970′s. I bought a black suede fringe jacket in a flea market in Florence, and thought it was the coolest purchase ever. I wore it so much that the jacket literally fell apart at the seams. I was part of an era, but was happy to let it go.

This season, fringe has emerged as an intriguing trend and I like the way it moves. I bought this clutch in black fringe, a contrast to spring’s garden party of florals, because it assumes a dramatic flair.  It also adds volume when I strut, and an added sexy vibe to my boxy clutches.

Fringe has a cool look, but I caution you against overkill. If you’re going to wear fringe, pair it something simple. In other words, you don’t want to replicate the image of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, dressed in a silver onesie with loopy tassels hanging down to his shins. Or look like Coachella lives on forever.

As a trend, fringe shows no signs of fading away. Will you buy in?

 

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Eco-Friendly Sandals

In honor of Earth Day, I am dedicating today to celebrating our planet. In the name of high fashion, there have been some inroads in making a difference by trying to save Mother Earth, rather than destroying it.

I picked out my favorite eco-friendly faux leather sandals from Stella McCartney, and there are plenty of others out there that make sustainable clothing, see Antik Batik, Daniel Silverstein, Soludos, etc.

Stella McCartney sandals

Here are some more eco-friendly options for you…how will you celebrate Earth Day?

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